Bay Flats Lodge

Where: Seadrift, Texas
Guests: 40

The R.L. Winston Rod Company in Twin Bridges, Montana, leading manufacturer of the world’s finest fly rods, is extremely pleased to announce Bay Flats Lodge, located in Seadrift Texas, as the newest fly fishing lodge to be selected as a WINSTON PREFERRED LODGE®.

What began back in 1996 as simple weekend hunting or fishing trips to get to know the people they worked with better, Bay Flats Lodge owners Chris and Deb Martin have turned into the most desired outdoor sporting destination along the Texas coast. The business was officially named Bay Flats Lodge in 2001 as the Martins acquired a canal home in Seadrift that could house up to twelve guests each day. The lodge has since evolved into a gorgeous waterfront property situated on the shore of San Antonio Bay that can comfortably accommodate forty guests.

Bay Flats Lodge is located along the middle Texas coast on the shore of San Antonio Bay where there’s access to over 30 miles of pristine and largely undeveloped flats, shorelines, sloughs and back lakes surrounding Matagorda Island and the Guadalupe River Delta. For saltwater anglers of all skill levels, this is a wonderful venue to practice your craft, improve your skills and experience a unique and productive saltwater ecosystem.

The fly-fishing program centers around two fly anglers sharing a flats skiff with a professional fly-fishing guide. Single-angler guiding is available for an upcharge. Runtimes are typically 30-45 minutes to the first fishing grounds. Guests will take turns on the bow as your guide poles the skiff across flats in search of tailing fish. Wading while fly-fishing can also be accommodated to some degree, but the lodge staff prefers to set up those who may be interested with the proper guide in advance of their arrival. Our team of professional fly-fishing guides typically operate 2-4 technical poling skiffs daily with 4-8 fly anglers (depending upon daily availability). The Lodge has a total of twenty-five rooms and can accommodate groups of forty guests. Typical room accommodations consist of two queen beds per room, with 1-2 rooms per suite in some cases. Single occupancy is available upon request as an upcharge to the standard nightly rate. In addition to the Main Lodge, Bay Flats offers four other coastal-style home properties where families or small groups can enjoy a private home setting.

Pre-dinner appetizers are served daily at 5:30 PM in the outdoor kitchen. Dinner follows at 6:30 PM each evening with a four-course meal, accompanied by a complimentary bottle of wine, in the upstairs dining room of the Main Lodge. A hot, sit down breakfast is served each morning in the upstairs dining room of the Main Lodge. A full boat lunch consisting of sandwiches, chips, soft drinks, and purified water are served on the water.

Aside from fly-fishing, Bay Flats Lodge also offers bay fishing and wade fishing with conventional gear, with artificial or live baits, year-round. Other favorites include Airboat fishing adventures, as well as our Cast & Blast packages, where we duck hunt in the morning, return to the lodge for a hot lunch, and then hunt speckled trout and redfish in the afternoon.

CHRIS MARTIN, Bay Flats Lodge

“As an outdoor outfitter, your reputation is molded by the way you manage your business, treat your staff, and service your guests. Winston’s well-known and respected quality craftsmanship has furnished and cultivated a devotion to being the absolute best in the industry, and that’s why this is so very important to me. The difference between ordinary and amazing is what it means for Bay Flats Lodge to be selected as a Preferred Lodge by the R.L. Winston Rod Company.”

The WINSTON PREFERRED LODGE program is a limited program designed to help our customers benefit from our travels and those of our Dealers, Pro Advisors, and Pro Staff as we test Winston rods in amazing fly fishing locations around the world. Upon receiving recommendations, we will consider additional candidates of other exceptional fly fishing lodges who will be invited to become a WINSTON PREFERRED LODGE. You can learn more about the WINSTON PREFERRED LODGE® program on the Winston website a or by contacting